Aspirin and food allergy

People who are allergic to foods may suffer a more severe reaction if they have recently taken aspirin. Aspirin allows food allergens to penetrate the intestinal walls more readily, producing more severe symptoms. A teenager who was known to suffer swelling of the face, lips, and mouth with peanut use, had taken two aspirin for a headache prior to eating cake which contained peanut. Within 30 minutes of eating the cake he suffered severe shortness of breath and lost consciousness. (British Medical Journal 288:755, March 1984) Copyright 1984 Phylis Austin

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